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Project Statement

by A. Lovett

Palimpsest was my first artists' book, and grew from photographic collage work I had been doing for several years. Frustrated with the limitations of single images, I decided to create more complex and multi-layered imagery through the pages of a book. Palimpsest is an extended collage of newspaper texts and photographs exploring world events seen through personal vision. The layered images become metaphors for the intellectual and emotional processes of learning, thinking and memory for me. The elements, drawn from found images and text, or experiences from my life, depict an intersection of the personal and the political. Newspaper text with all but a few words crossed out alludes to censorship as well as revealing a subtext of emotional language hidden beneath the surface of purportedly objective reporting. Unexpected juxtapositions form an open-ended narrative that considers the conditions of our culture and the ways in which we receive and interpret information.


Ann Lovett


Ann Lovett

type: initiating


production: single 1990

Publication Information

publication: 1990-00-00

Aesthetic Profile


autobiography (AAT)
travel literature (AAT)

themes: [Ireland, faith-based journeys]

content form:
documentary (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Memory, cognition, photo collage [T. Shaw]

related works: other books by the artist [T. Shaw]

community: other Visual Studies Workshop [T. Shaw]

note: Worked on during a residency at VSW, Rochester, NY [T. Shaw]

Related Documents

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive